OxygenOS (OnePlus) built in analytics collect everything. EVERYTHING.

Chris Moore used OWASP ZAP to proxy his OnePlus connection.  What he found was fairly terrifying.

Serial numbers, package activity, phone settings, and more are being collected and posted back to an AWS box from open.oneplus.net. Yikes.

After noting that OnePlus support can’t instruct users on how to disable the analytics, a twitter user shares how to disable via adb

@chrisdcmoore I’ve read your article about OnePlus Analytics. Actually, you can disable it permanently: pm uninstall -k –user 0 pkg

— Jakub Czekański (@JaCzekanski) October 10, 2017

 

The gig economy disruption is real

1998:

  • Don’t get into strangers cars
  • Don’t meet people from the internet

2017

  • Literally summon strangers from the internet to get into their car

I’m not too sure who deserves credit for this observation, but it’s awesome. My take away from it is that apps can have such a significant impact that they can completely disrupt our collective way of thinking.

What is the machine zone?

All apps (especially social silos) want to keep you engaged; they want you to enter what  Natasha Schüll calls “the machine zone.” It’s the same level of engagement casino players feel when sitting in front of a slot machine.

What is the machine zone? It’s a rhythm. It’s a response to a fine-tuned feedback loop. It’s a powerful space-time distortion. You hit a button. Something happens. You hit it again. Something similar, but not exactly the same happens. Maybe you win, maybe you don’t. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. It’s the pleasure of the repeat, the security of the loop.

The night that I decided I had to kick my Facebook account to the curb I was doing some typical late night coding and decided to take a break around 2:00am.  I hopped on facebook and the next thing I knew it was 5:30am and I had been mindlessly clicking on links and browsing images of people I didn’t know on. I let out an audible “wtf?” and decided it was time to shut down access to the silo. So I did.

That’s why the title slug of the article below hit close to home. I understand the appeal of social media and I don’t knock anyone for using it; it just turns out that it wasn’t for me.

Full breakdown of the Machine Zone: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/the-machine-zone-this-is-where-you-go-when-you-just-cant-stop-looking-at-pictures-on-facebook/278185/